Bachelor of Building Design

VU course code: NBBD | CRICOS: 096484C | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Develop an independent and creative approach to building design with a Bachelor of Building Design at Victoria University (VU). 

In this unique building design degree, you’ll use innovative processes and practices of an architectural design studio to solve problems creatively, and determine solutions for a better future.

Modern computer labs, design studios, site visits and interaction with industry practitioners will take you into 'real life' situations with industry briefs. You’ll also learn about the cultural, social, technical and sustainable issues that are associated with the built environment.

Take advantage of the huge scope of work available to building designers, with Australia’s construction industry booming and only 5% of homes being designed by registered architects. In this three-year Bachelor of Building Design, you will study and develop skills in:

  • building design (architectural)
  • building legislation and auditing
  • building codes
  • environmentally sustainable construction techniques and materials
  • building services
  • professional practice and communication.

Graduate with this degree as a confident and capable building industry professional, fulfilling the knowledge component of draftsperson registration with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). This course is also endorsed by the Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA).

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Building Design, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core studies;
  • 192 credit points Professional Core and Capstone studies.


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




Become a highly-valued professional working within the fast-growing construction industry ready to work closely with other professional disciplines, industry groups and development authorities.

With a Bachelor of Building Design, you’ll open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities within both the public and private sectors. You’ll be equipped to work as a self-employed entrepreneur or take on roles working with:

  • architects
  • building proprietors contractors
  • developers
  • engineers
  • government bodies
  • consultancy practices
  • corporations with large building portfolios.

VU’s Bachelor of Building Design fulfils the knowledge component required to register with:

  • VBA: within the Draftsperson category of building practitioner registration: Building Design (Architectural)/Building Design (Interior)
  • BDAA: within the Medium Rise and Open Categories of the BDAA Accreditation Program. 

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